Urban Regeneration and Sustainability: Port Loyola Urban Gardening
Urban Regeneration and Sustainability: Port Loyola Urban Gardening
The proposed initiative investigates the correlation of environmental health, poverty and community well-being, and suggests the social and environmental values of reconnecting people with nature in the promotion of local action on global environmental issues. The introduction of Urban Green and productive spaces provides area inhabitants with opportunities for learning and growth as it instills a sense of responsibility and provides routes into education and/or employment. It investigates community gardens/ community productive landscapes as a form of rehabilitation of community environments as well as its people. Community garden systems create heterogeneous environments that integrate environmental restoration, community activism, social interactions, cultural expression, and food security. Within this context they serve as a unique vehicle for city rejuvenation as they provide a platform for learning within depressed areas of our cities addressing societal goals pertaining with the improvement of the quality of lives of participating communities, the promotion of environmental stewardship and promote community participation in civic life.

Hidden issues of food and nutritional insecurity becomes a driver and becomes a purpose for community involvement. By addressing directly the prevailing issue of inadequate access to healthy foods in the Jane Usher Boulevard Neighborhood (JUBN) the project opens avenues for community engagement and empowerment with the focusses of the project being an integrated community approach to city/ community rehabilitation. Urban green and productive spaces provide for basic investments towards local sustainable food sources as well as provide a central theme for community interaction, engagement and education.

The goal of the project is to develop productive small-scale green spaces that improve the local urban environment and improve food security for area residents.
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Project Snapshot

Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 87,217.50
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Development of knowledge products - Knowledge tools including a case study and website posts will focus on documenting the process and results of the project.
Project sustainability
Given that the YMCA has possession of Covered Structure, there is interest in furthering the relationships between and among the JUBN, the YMCA and other community organizations including the primary schools in the area. This, when it materializes, will augur well for the long term transfer of the benefits of this project to the wider Port Loyola residents. The YMCA intends to broaden its collaboration with other organizations, including the GEF - Small Grant’s Programme in this endeavor.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Dennis Jones
Phone: 822-3043
Email: dennis@best.org.bz


P.O. Box 35, Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan
Belmopan , Latin America & Caribbean ,



SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
(501) 822-2462


UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America